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The View are a four piece indie rock/punk rock band from Dryburgh, a small district in Dundee, Scotland. They have been active in the music scene since early 2005, supporting more renowned acts including Babyshambles, Primal Scream and The Undertones. The band initially based themselves at The Bayview pub in the Menzieshill district of Dundee, not too far from their native Dryburgh. From this pub, the band took their name. Shortly after they moved to The Doghouse, a respected music venue in Dundee's city centre, where they came to the attention of local music promoters, management and ever-growing fan-base.
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Members of the band attended St. John's High School, a Roman Catholic Secondary School in Dundee. There they performed, at school talent contests, a mixture of their own songs and covers. After leaving school the band set up base in a backroom at The Bayview Pub, where they began to write and rehearse new material. This pub also gave the band their name.
Shortly after, the band moved their base to The Doghouse, another pub, but also a respected music venue in Dundee's city centre. In the band's own words they "began to live a Monkees style existence, living and rehearsing in an old backstage room at the Doghouse".
For the video accompanying the band's third single, Same Jeans, all the scenes of The View on stage were filmed at The Doghouse.
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The band continued to write, rehearse and play The Doghouse and other venues. Gathering an ever-growing army of fans wherever they played. Local promoter John (Lemuria) More, who was also Entertainments Manager at The Doghouse, introduced the band to current manager, Grant Dickson, and record producer, Robin Wynn Evans, and the three worked together with The View and other local acts, under the name of John's existing promotions company, Lemuria. Grant and Robin later split from John to form Two Thumbs. Both Two Thumbs and Lemuria continued to work with The View following the split with Two Thumbs taking on band management.
A live performance and band interview was professionally filmed at The Doghouse on 29 October 2005 (known as the "Halloween footage" as it took place on the nearest Saturday to Halloween) as part of a Lemuria video session night. From this performance, live recordings of "Posh Boys" and "Comin' Down" were made widely available for download.
After just their second billed gig at The Doghouse, they were signed to local Dundee record label Two Thumbs and released the, self titled, The View EP in early 2006. Alongside the EP, the band recorded a complete demo album at T-Pot studios in Perthshire and this was made available for download from the band's Two Thumbs management website. Videos were also made available to accompany the T-Pot recordings of "Face for the Radio" and "Wasted Little DJs".
Prior to a gig in Dundee by the band Babyshambles, The View handed over a demo CD and busked to an amused and impressed Pete Doherty, who asked the band to play a set in support of his own band's performance later that night. A few months later Doherty asked The View to support a national Babyshambles tour. This was to give the band much needed national live exposure.
On 27 February 2006, drummer Steve was arrested with Doherty, driving the wrong way down a one-way street in Birmingham. No charges were brought relating to drug possession despite media speculation given Doherty's reputation. Although not in the way the band might have wanted, this incident gave the band considerably more publicity.
It was during this period, the band came to the attention of BBC Radio 1 presenters Zane Lowe, Edith Bowman and Jo Whiley among others, and the band's live performance of "Wasted Little DJs" (later to be their first single) featured on Zane's 8 February 2006 show, alongside established acts The Kooks and be your own PET. Soon after, tracks from the debut EP began to be played on Radio 1 and other local and national stations. In particular, Jim Gellatly, at Xfm Scotland, featured the band heavily on X-Posure Scotland, his new music show. A live acoustic session was recorded for the show broadcast 3 May 2006. Tracks featured were: "Face For The Radio", "Wasted Little DJs", "Superstar Tradesman" and "Same Jeans".
Co-writer and bassist Kieren, was voted No. 6 on the NME Cool List 2006 Top 50, in the issue dated 25 November 2006. The band take part in the NME Awards Tour 2007, beginning January 2007.
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